We were delighted to host a visit from the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Sarah Newton, at Cafe Chaos in Truro today.
Sarah met with participants from our new Work and Health and Positive People programmes to find out how our services have been life changing! We were also pleased to introduce Sarah to some of our amazing delivery partners, Cafe Chaos and Rebuild South West who do amazing work to help people rebuild their lives.
The room was absolutely buzzing as Sarah met with lots of inspiring people, alongside cream teas, dogs, children. Even our CEO even had a manicure!
Sarah said “These programmes are delivering vital support to help people all over the country to find a job that’s right for them, and it’s been great to meet people here in Cornwall who have benefitted from this fantastic support.
“Disabled and disadvantaged people can bring unique skills and talents to an organisation, so I would encourage employers in Cornwall and the South West to make the most of this untapped pool of talent.”
John is a Pluss customer in Truro. John said “I have been out of work for over 10 years and this had made my confidence much worse. It’s been miserable. I have dyslexia and very low confidence. I did applications for jobs which I sent off but I would never receive anything back. Sometimes you couldn’t see the point. I would just stay at home.
“Pluss have helped me to build my confidence, build a new CV, find interviews and set up work placements. I’m looking for factory work - well, anything really. Getting out and about has really helped to build my confidence. I am feeling a bit better about things now. Recently I went out to a coffee shop and that’s the first time I have done that in a long time. It felt pretty good”
Steve Hawkins, Pluss CEO said “It's been fantastic to welcome the minister to meet our participants and our key delivery partners, the vibrant Café Chaos and Rebuild South West. Today’s visit is key in raising awareness and ensuring the success of our services in Cornwall. We have a real opportunity to transform the lives of thousands of people across the county through personalised support".